James M. Amend

M. Amend
Associate Editor,

James covers General Motors and environmental and safety issues.

2018 Winner: Infiniti Q50 3.0L Twin Turbo DOHC V-6
The VR V-6 knocks out zero-to-60 in less than five seconds, never seems at a loss for extra punch at highway speeds and its responsive throttle repeatedly brought out the mischievous child in WardsAuto judges.
2018 Winner: Chrysler Pacifica 3.6L Pentastar DOHC V-6 eHybrid 5
The heart and soul of the industry’s only hybrid minivan is a Fiat Chrysler propulsion system mating the automaker’s stellar 3.6L Pentastar V-6 with an FCA-developed dual-motor, electrically variable transmission.
GM’s Marketplace Not Distracting, VP Says 2
Phil Brook also reports the redesigned Buick Enclave and Enclave Avenir are off to a promising start. The 7-passenger luxury crossovers launched last month.
Aptiv, Formerly Delphi, Eyes Mobility’s Big Prize
The supplier officially launched Dec. 5 with Kevin Clark, president and CEO of Aptiv, saying the company has an opportunity to play a large role in an industry’s transformation underpinned by the promise of autonomous vehicles.
Forecast Improves for GM’s Snowplow Business
A 19% hike in torque to a peak 910 lb.-ft. brings a new level of plowing capability to the automaker’s lineup of heavy-duty pickups and a chance to challenge longtime market leader Ford.
Extra Hot or Extra Shot? GM Offers In-Car Shopping
The automaker says the technology adheres to federal distracted driving guidelines and only works with customer consent because personal data is transferred between the vehicle and merchants to complete sales.
GM Sales Pause Ahead of Expected Year-End Frenzy
The Detroit automaker delivered 245,387 cars and trucks last month, according to WardsAuto data, compared with 252,603 in the same period last year.
GM Targets 2019 for Mass AV Deployment
GM President Dan Ammann says if GM continues to at its current rate of AV development, it will meet the target and does not see regulatory walls potentially blocking its progress.
’18 Buick Enclave Feast for American Tastes
The 7-passenger Enclave is Buick’s golden-roasted turkey, a feast for the eyes and as satisfying to the palate of today’s car buyers as anything on the table.
Kiekert Proposes ‘Smart Doors’ to Eliminate Dings 5
The supplier’s latest iteration of the e-release latch is a first step toward autonomy. NuEntry-Latch eliminates the need for exterior door handles, which reduces weight and locking system complexity.
GM Racing to Raise Inventories of Chevy Equinox
The Detroit automaker lost 850 units of Equinox production daily during the nearly month-long walkout in Ingersoll, ON, Canada, leaving GM with 39,648 units in stock for a 39 days’ supply.
Buick to Get Busy With EVs, Brand Chief Says 1
GM Vice President Duncan Aldred declines to offer specifics about the Buick EV plan but says the strategy will employ a number of electrification plays.
GM’s Crossovers Sizzle, Automaker Predicts Strong Year-End
The Detroit automaker sold 252,813 cars and trucks last month, compared with 258,588 in the same period last year, according to WardsAuto data.
Chevy Bolt’s Success Stings Volt Stablemate 5
A sale is a sale, but automakers historically dislike it when one product in the portfolio cannibalizes demand from another, because it can erode profit margins and frustrate marketers and production planners.
GM, Ford Unite to Preserve, Foster Industry Innovation
The Gallery by General Motors will be a flexible exhibit at The Henry Ford and its Museum of American Innovation. It is backed by a $5 million donation to the museum from GM.

Mar 8, 2018

Toyota Camry Hybrid 2.5L Atkinson 4-Cyl. – 2018 Award Acceptance

Masashi Hakariya, project manager-engine development at Toyota, accepts award for Toyota Camry Hybrid at 2018 Wards 10 Best Engines ceremony....More


Follow Us

Sponsored Introduction Continue on to (or wait seconds) ×